Letters to the Editor

Look to local leaders in times of national crisis

San Luis Obispo’s police chief, Deanna Cantrell, makes a few remarks after being sworn in and receiving her badge at the start of the San Luis Obispo City Council’s meeting in January.
San Luis Obispo’s police chief, Deanna Cantrell, makes a few remarks after being sworn in and receiving her badge at the start of the San Luis Obispo City Council’s meeting in January. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The tragic events that culminated in the devastation on the streets of Dallas have created a national crisis unlike any I can remember during my 34 years in law enforcement.

Every conversation I’ve had in the past three days starts with sorrow over the loss of life on both sides and fear of what will happen next.

In times of crisis, true leaders act quickly and thoughtfully to provide confidence, support and direction for their organizations and communities.

Although this is a national issue, we must first look to our own community leaders to make an assessment of what’s happening in our own backyard and then set clear expectations for those tasked with being part of the solutions necessary to prevent something similar here.

I would ask everyone to go to the San Luis Obispo Police Department Facebook page and review the immediate and thoughtful action taken by both Chief Deanna Cantrell and City Manager Katie Lichtig to communicate with the members of the police department and other city employees.

Their respective messages inspire confidence and set a positive and supportive environment for all of us as we work through what will be a difficult time for our nation.

Jim Gardiner, San Luis Obispo

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